‘Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.”’ John 6.26
If you were to take a minute to make a list of all that God has done for you, I suspect that you would be surprised at how many things come to mind. The reality is that if you could see it from God’s perspective, then the list would be never ending! So what is your reaction to what God has given you?
In this verse, Jesus seems to be saying that there are different ways we can look at his actions. On the one hand we can accept his gifts and enjoy them, or on the other hand we can take them a bit further and ask, ‘What does this show me about him?’
Suppose, for example, you are facing an anxious moment in the day ahead and after prayer you find a level of peace that you were not expecting. What do you do? Certainly you can thank God for it, but perhaps there is more? A good question to ponder is what this tells you about God: what does his gift to you teach you about him and how does it affect the way you approach him about other things?
Our life with God is a daily adventure and his desire is that we grow in our relationship with him, so that as we discover more about him our faith and love for him grow.
Take a moment to reflect on one or two things that you recognise as God’s touch upon your life recently, and consider what difference they have made to you and what they have taught you about God?
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The Revd John Ryeland, Director of The Christian Healing Mission